Children come into the world completely helpless, and require well-functioning families and schools to meet their needs, protect their interests and nurture their potential. This book argues that healthy child-development depends on values, ideas and structures that promote justice for children and families; in particular, checks and balances that favour: * Fairness: allowing fair distribution of resources, so that every child and family have the best possible chance to reach their potential. * Protection: resources for families, neighbourhoods and schools to help protect and encourage their children, alongside the means to intervene, should this protection fail. * Autonomy: encouraging children's voice and participation in decision-making at a level commensurate with their maturity. Authored by leading experts in the field, the book is comprised of short, highly readable chapters with an interdisciplinary appeal, for practitioners of social science, law, social work, psychology, paediatrics, psychotherapy, psychiatry and public health alike.
Justice for Children and Families: A Developmental Perspective
List of contributors; Foreword Michael Marmont; Part I. Overview: 1. A developmental perspective on justice Mike Shaw and Susan Bailey; 2. Foundations of family law The Honourable Mr Justice MacDonald; Part II. Fairness: 3. The social determinants of child health Angela J. M. Donkin; 4. Philosophical ethics and children Mar Cabezas and Gunter Graf; 5. Child poverty, well-being and social justice Gottfried Schweiger and Gunter Graf; 6. Children and relational citizenship: a history Pamela Cox; 7. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Maggie Atkinson; Part III. Protection: 8. Birth mothers returning to court: can a developmental trauma lens inform practice with women at risk of repeat removal of infants and children Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Sheena Webb; 9. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court: a problem-solving approach to family justice Judith Harwin, Mary Ryan and Sophie Kershaw; 10. Why video interaction guidance in the family drug and alcohol court? Hilary Kennedy, Fran Freely and Sophie Kershaw; 11. A life course approach to promoting healthy behavior Lorraine Khan; 12. Female genital mutilation Najette Ayadi O'Donnell and Deborah Hodes; 13. Litigation for failure to remove Richard Scorer; Part IV. Autonomy: 14. Towards a theory for the development of autonomy Mike Shaw; 15. Child sexual exploitation and consent to sexual activity: a developmental and context driven approach Jenny Pearce and Maddy Coy; 16. Treatment without consent Camilla Parker; 17. Autonomy and decision making in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria Domenico Di Cegli; 18. Criminal responsibility Enys Delmage and Hannele Variend; Part V. Synthesis and Response: 19. How reading this book can contribute to public health strategies for children and families Sarah Jonas; 20. Looking three ways: reflections on a developmental perspective on justice Gwen Adshead; Index.